FAQs

1. Who is Uniting?

Uniting Vic.Tas is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. We’ve been supporting Australians for over 100 years.
We’re about building capacity and confidence in children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people newly arrived in Australia. We work with people at risk of or experiencing financial crisis, homelessness, mental illness and problems with alcohol and other drugs, by empowering them with the support they need to succeed.
Our services reach to Albury-Wodonga in the north, Mallacoota in East Gippsland, the Wimmera region in the west, and across Tasmania.

2. What is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day is our annual Uniting community fundraising event held on or around Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the final day to eat all the fat, eggs and dairy products in your kitchen before the start of Lent – a time of abstinence and reflection in the 40 days before Easter.
Each year hundreds of people register to hold Pancake Day events in their homes, schools, churches, businesses and community groups. They cook and sell pancakes to raise funds to support Uniting’s work with people living life on the margins.

3. When is Pancake Day?

This year Pancake Day will be on Tuesday 5 March 2019 and everyone is encouraged to join in the fun by hosting a Pancake Day event. If you are unable to hold an event on that date, you can do so anytime up until April the 30th.

4. How do I register to hold an event?

It’s easy! Simply register online, or call us on toll free 1800 060 543

5. How do I organise my event?

Holding an event is fun and easy! When you register you will receive a complimentary host pack which includes a planning guide with all the information you need including choosing a location, publicising your event, and other helpful hints.
The pack will give you lot of tips, ideas and fundraising tools to help make your event a success, including posters and stickers. If you get a bit stuck, don’t hesitate to contact us.

6. Where do I hold my event?

You can hold an event anywhere! The workplace, schools and colleges, local parks, cafes and shopping centres, the main street of your suburb, churches, sporting clubs and in the home are all popular venues for Pancake Day events.

7. How do I publicise my event?

Your host pack contains promotional material and a media release for you to send to your local media. Try and make your event really creative so that the media will want to be involved – perhaps have a pancake flipping race or a pancake eating competition, arrange interviews with your local radio station, invite local identities such as the Mayor or local footy players.

8. When will I receive my event host pack?

You will receive your host pack once you have registered. If you have already registered, your pack will be sent to you as soon as possible.

9. How can I help Uniting if I’m unable to host an event?

There are other ways you can support Uniting if you’re unable to host an event:

Funds raised

10. How much should we charge for each pancake?

It’s up to you what you charge but make sure it is more than covering the costs of holding the event.

11. Do I charge GST?

No, all registered Pancake Day events raising funds for Uniting are exempt from charging GST on the sale of pancakes.

12. What do we do with the money we raise?

It is important that you return your funds raised as soon as you can after your event. The sooner you return your funds, the sooner we can put them to good use! The easiest way to do this is to use the online form. If you prefer to use the Funds Raised form please send it to

Uniting
Reply Paid 85995
A’Beckett Street
Victoria  8006

Funds can be sent in the following ways:

  • Direct deposit
  • Cheque/money order payable to Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited.

13. What if I can’t find my Funds submission form?

Download a Funds submission form here.

14. Where do the funds go?

Funds raised from pancake sales help Uniting provide support to vulnerable and marginalised people in our community.
Pancake Day is all about local people helping local people. All money raised in Victoria and Tasmania will support services within these states.
Uniting provides a diverse range of services which you can explore on our website.
By holding a Pancake Day event, your efforts will not only be fun but will go towards helping the extensive community care work of Uniting Vic.Tas

Cooking Tips

15. Safety is paramount, please read the guidelines in your host pack

16. Basic pancake recipe

It’s the simple pancake recipe that’s gone viral worldwide, courtesy of Taste.com.au

17. How do we cook lots of pancakes?

Use a BBQ with a flat top. Just be sure to clean off any meaty taste with fresh lemons before cooking.

18. How big do we make the pancakes?

It’s up to you really but we recommend about the size of a saucer or small dinner plate.

19. How long do we cook the pancakes?

When the pancake has been flipped on both sides, is golden brown on the outside, fluffy and fully cooked on the inside, it’s ready!

20. How do we stop pancakes sticking to the BBQ?

After each batch of pancakes, be sure to spray the hot plate with cooking oil. Don’t use butter because it burns on BBQs.

21. How do we keep our pancakes hot and fresh?

Stack 5–10 pancakes, wrap them in foil and pack them in an esky. Polystyrene containers are good for keeping pancakes warm too.